01/07/2016 15:01 EST | Updated 01/07/2017 00:12 EST

Police team worried about raising suspicions of terror suspect's wife: officer

VANCOUVER — The commander of an undercover police sting says his team was wary about a terrorism suspect's common-law partner becoming suspicious of a covert operation focusing on her husband.

RCMP Sgt. Bill Kalkat has told B.C. Supreme Court that the wives of police targets are often more "switched on" and suspicious of newcomers than the targets themselves.

Lawyers for John Nuttall and his common-law wife Amanda Korody are arguing that police manipulated the pair into planting what they believed were bombs on the grounds of the B.C. legislature on Canada Day 2013.

A jury found Nuttall and Korody guilty of terrorism last June, but a judge has yet to rule on whether they were entrapped by police.

Kalkat says an operation to determine the pair's intent to commit a terrorist act differed from a traditional undercover investigation because officers gave the couple multiple chances to back out without repercussions.

But Korody's lawyer Mark Jette has said that the two accused expressed fears they were expendable and would be "deleted" if they didn't carry out the terrorist plan.

The Canadian Press